Thaddeus Michael BullardD.O.B: 29 April, 1977
Birthplace: Boynton Beach, Florida
Trained By: Dusty Rhodes, Norman Smiley, Tom Prichard, Steve Keirn, FCW
Thaddeus Michael Bullard Snr. is an American professional wrestler and former football player.
He currently works for WWE, appearing under the ring name Titus O’Neil.
Before arriving in WWE, Bullard played college football for the University of Florida, going on to play professionally in the AFL.
He entered the world of professional wrestling after appearing on the second season of NXT. He then returned for the fifth season of the show, NXT Redemption.
Thaddeus Bullard was born in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was a stand-out player for his school football team, the Suwannee Bulldogs.
He was recognized a high school All-American as a senior in 1995. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida and played for the Florida Gators from 1997-2000. He went on to play for the Utah Blaze, Tampa Bay Storm, Las Vegas Gladiators and Carolina Cobras.
Bullard has two sons, Thaddeus Jr. ‘TJ’ Bullard and Titus Bullard. He won the 2015 MEGA Celebrity Dad of the Year award.
On July 19th, after the Battleground PPV, he was pulled over by the police along with Mark Henry and Darren Young. As of yet the reasons are unknown, but none of the men were arrested or fined.
Professional Wrestling Career
Florida Championship Wrestling (2009-2011)
In 2009, Bullard signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling. He made his televised debut for FCW on the 16th January, 2010, under the name Titus O’Neil. He teamed up with Skip Sheffield in a loss to Vance Archer and Alex Riley.
On December 3rd, O’Neil teamed with Damien Sandow to defeat Xavier Woods and Mason Ryan to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championships. They would later lose the championships to Seth Rollins and Richie Steamboat on March 25th, 2011.
O’Neil was the first person eliminated from the series, upon his elimination, he gave a farewell speech. On the season finale of the show O’Neil returned and joined the rest of the eliminated rookies in attacking the shows winner, Kaval.
In March, 2011, O’Neil was one of six previous NXT contestants to be chosen to return to the show for season 5; NXT Redemption. This time he was mentored by Hornswoggle. In the shows season premiere, O’Neil defeated Lucky Cannon in the main event. O’Neil and Hornswoggle then began a feud with Darren Young and his pro, Chavo Guerrero.
On July 12th, 2011, O’Neil faced Darren Young and Derrick Bateman in a triple threat match, which was won by Bateman. O’Neil then teamed up with Matt Striker to defeat Young and Bateman in a tag match.
On the 16th November, 2011, O’Neil was attacked by Darren Young, who then defeated O’Neil in tag matches and then lost to O’Neil in a no-disqualification match on January 18th. After the match, O’Neil turned heel by verbally assaulting his mentor, the fans and NXT. After turning his back on the fans, O’Neil urged his friend Percy Watson to do the same. When Watson refused he was attacked by O’Neil leading to a match between the pair which O’Neil won. After the match O’Neil continued to beat down his former friend until Alex Riley made the save.
To combat Riley and Watson, O’Neil teamed with long-time rival Darren Young and the duo defeated Watson and Riley in tag team competition in the weeks following. After the feud with Riley and Watson concluded, O’Neil and Young moved on to feud with The Usos.
Move To The Main Roster; The Prime Time Players (2012-2014)
On the 18th April it was announced that O’Neil and Young had been moved up to the WWE’s main roster. They would make their debut on the 20th April edition of Smackdown, where they successfully defeated The Usos. This was the start of a winning streak for the team, as they went on to defeat the likes of Zack Ryder and Santino Marella and Ezekiel Jackson and Yoshi Tatsu.
On the June 1st edition of Smackdown the team officially named themselves The Prime Time Players.
The newly named Prime Time Players then became the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships by winning a Fatal-4-Way match at No Way Out. This win came with the assistance of A.W. who turned his back on his current clients Primo and Epico in favour of The Prime Time Players. This led to a feud between the two teams.
As a result of winning the number one contenders match at No Way Out, The Prime Time Players would get a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championships on the July 16th episode of RAW, when the pair lost once again to Kingston and R-Truth. Not to be deterred, The Prime Time Players defeated Primo and Epico in a number one contenders match after A.W. taunted Kingston and R-Truth into interfering into the match, allowing The Prime Time Players to win the match via disqualification. The union between The Prime Time Players and A.W. was prematurely ended when A.W. was released from his WWE contract following controversial remarks he made on air.
The Prime Time Players would receive their Tag Team Championship match against Kofi Kingston and R-Truth at SummerSlam, in which they once again were unsuccessful in their attempts to become the champions.
On the September 7th edition of Smackdown, The Prime Time Players once again became the number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles after they defeated both Primo and Epico and The Usos in a triple Threat match. However the following week, they lost their number one contender status when they were defeated by Team Hell No.
At Survivor Series the Prime Time Players were unsuccessful in a 10-Man Elimination Tag Team Match.
On the March 18th episode of RAW, O’Neil debuted another character, called Rufus ‘Pancake’ Patterson. Patterson was apparently O’Neil’s uncle and he accompanied Darren Young to the ring during his match. Although it was a one-time thing, O’Neil received praise for the character.
The Prime Time Players Split
On August 15th, 2013, Darren Young openly revealed that he was a homosexual in real life. This led to a large increase in fan and professional support, and allowed The Prime Time Players to make an organic face turn.
At the Night of Champions pre-show, the team won a tag team turmoil match, which granted them a shot at the reigning Tag Team Champions later in the evening. Again they were unsuccessful in winning the Tag Team Championships as they lost the match to reigning champions, The Shield.
After losing the match, the team were pushed down the card slightly and began to appear in comedy skits, most notably a hotdog eating contest.
On the 31st January episode of Smackdown, The Prime Time Players took on the team of RybAxel and suffered another loss after Young was pinned. This prompted O’Neil to viciously attack his partner and disband the team. The pair then entered a short feud with each other, with O’Neil winning the match between the pair at Elimination Chamber. The pair had a rematch on February 26th on Main Event, which was won by Young.
Following this match Darren Young took time off to have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, which kept him out of action for several months.
After the feud with Young had ended, O’Neil began a losing streak, being defeated by The Big Show, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Adam Rose, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston. He also entered four battle royal’s and failed to win any of those either.
They had very little success and even lost to the team of Adam Rose and The Bunny.
The Prime Time Players Reform; WWE Tag Team Champions
On the February 16th edition of RAW, Darren Young and an independent wrestler named Kevin Kross were attacked by The Ascension. During the attack, Titus O’Neil appeared and saved his former partner, thus re-uniting The Prime Time Players.
On February 23rd The Prime Time Players defeated The Ascension on RAW, and handed them their first loss in WWE. They again defeated The Ascension on March 14th.
After Wrestlemania, the team again began to perform comedic skits, this time however, they were based more on making fun of other teams in the tag division.
At Elimination Chamber, The Prime Time Players were involved in the first ever Elimination Chamber Tag Team Match. Although putting on a dominant performance and eliminating both The Brass Ring Club and The Ascension, they were ultimately pinned by The New Day.
The following week The Prime Time Players defeated The Lucha Dragons and The Ascension in a triple threat match to become the number one contenders for the Tag Team Championship.
As a result of winning the match, The Prime Time Players would go on to face The New Day for the Tag Team Championships at Money In The Bank. The Prime Time Players won the match to finally capture the Tag Team Championships and embark on their first reign as champions.
At Battleground, The Prime Time Players successfully defended the championships against The New Day.
At SummerSlam, The Prime Time Players lost the WWE Tag Team Championships to the New Day.
Singles Competition (2015-2016)
At the Royal Rumble, O’Neil entered at number 7, he was eventually eliminated by the Big Show.
The Prime Time Players re-united on the February 2nd episode of Main Event, and teamed with The Usos in order to defeat The Ascension, Stardust and Tyler Breeze.
On the February 8, 2016 episode of RAW, O’Neil was involved in what was called a ‘playful, physical altercation’ with Vince McMahon as they were leaving the stage following Daniel Bryan’s retirement celebration.
The following day, O’Neil was suspended for unprofessional behavior for 60 days, although the suspension was reported to have originally been for 90 days.
Return From Suspension, Challenging For The United States Championship (2016-Present)
O’Neil returned from his suspension on the May 2, 2016 episode of RAW, where he was a participant in the number one contenders battle royal for a shot at the WWE United States Championship, he failed to win the match.
On the May 26 episode of Smackdown, O’Neil began a feud with WWE United States Champion Rusev. On June 8, it was announced that Titus O’Neil would face Rusev for the championship at Money In The Bank, giving O’Neil his first singles championship match in WWE.
At Money in the Bank, Rusev defeated Titus via submission, after Titus tapped out to the Accolade.